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SP Sessions: Elna Rae, alternative indie-band from ASU

Musicians from around the ASU community perform sets and answer questions in The State Press newsroom


Elna Rae performs in The State Press newsroom in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday, April 7, 2018. 

From soloists to full bands to a cappella ensembles, there are incredibly talented student musicians who call ASU home. The State Press invited some of these students to perform their music in our basement newsroom on the Tempe campus.

The next group featured in SP Sessions is Elna Rae. The quartet performed original music that sounds like a mix between dream-pop and indie-rock.

The band is composed of Omar Biebrich, Samuel Diaz-Granados, an art studies sophomore and brothers Nitin Nanda, a biological sciences senior, and Naman Nanda, an industrial design junior.

The group has a Facebook page where they post their upcoming shows and news, and the occasionally picture of Beans from Even Stevens.

The four friends, who met through school, recently finished their West Coast tour in March traveling from Arizona to California, Oregon and Washington. 

Despite sometimes living in cramped spaces and dealing with a tiring schedule, the group said they enjoyed being on tour and looking forward to touring again this summer.

“It’s hard to come back to classes and everything; we just want to do this,” they said.

They also released their first EP "Dexter" in March 2017.  In a review of the album by music blogger Tom Johnson, he wrote that the album is a "an authentic glimpse into heart of the summer," and spoke about how honest Elna Rae's sound is.

Check out for upcoming SP Sessions videos coming soon.

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